The short of it
I’m Jaclyn, a designer and front end developer based in Perth, Australia.
My journey in web development started when I was around 14, where I began self teaching myself in art, design, and code. I have a Bachelor of Arts and Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design, and began professionally working in the digital realm around five years ago.
I currently build and design websites at a little studio in Perth, and am constantly triyng to improve my skills and evolve my point of view. Minimalism, iridescence, sparkles, and 90’s notalgia are my aesthetic.
When I’m not designing or coding, you could probably find me reading (fantasy / gothic / thrillers are my fave) playing some sort of strategy/simulation game, or baking some kind of sweet treat. <3
Click here if you want to check out my personal art/design blog where I rant about all sorts of other things non web-dev related.
unicorntears.dev is my attempt at writing about web development from a designer’s point of view. I personally know quite a few people who have forayed into web development, but have gotten stuck because of the higher barriers of entry and lacklustre/jargon-filled online resources. I strongly believe in a web that is accessible to as many people as possible, so I want to create a space that will hopefully help people like me, who was pretty lost and clueless when I first seriously started working within modern web development.
The long of it
This site was born from an in-joke I have at work - we have codenames for our boilerplate themes/tools and I thought unicorn tears seemed appropriate, because I find I am often learning professional web development skills at an exponential pace and realising there are better ways of doing things than what I was previously doing.
When I say designer stuck in web development hell I of course, say that with the utmost love and respect for the craft. Despite my varied critiques of the industry and its nuances, the art of solving each little problem to solve the bigger problem of creating a gloriously interactive and tangible website simply makes me excited. Digital design and development is my happy place.
Being a self taught developer is often challenging, surprising, and satisfying, but mostly for me, incites a need to solve a particular problem, in a particular way. Understanding how to solve a problem often feels like one step closer to unlocking the secrets of the universe, and achieving something you didn’t think was possible before is an indescribably powerful feeling.
I’ve worn a lot of hats over the years, which has exposed me to different ways of thinking and informed me on how to solve problems in different ways. I discovered a love for simple, elegant, and readable code, and the ever-changing pursuit of the perfect workflow.
The most interesting part about my journey so far is learning how similar design is to development. They are both extremely creative disciplines that often involve abstract ways of solving problems, and to succeed requires not just problem solving skills, but patience, empathy, communication, and resiliency.
I am a designer who started off in the print world, but digital design has always been my first love. I was making layouts when I was 14, and have never really stopped pursuing different perspectives and ways of working since. Whilst I love branding and the challenge of creating some sort of cute packaging or campaign, being completely immersed in the digital world has made me realise I have less of an interest in a single brand, and more of an interest in understanding humanity through the combination of art, design, and code.
User experiences, stories through design, and keeping things simple, are my priorities. Simplicity especially, is a lot harder than it sounds (if you’re a developer you know what I mean).
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